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'NOW What?!' Gold Edition


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Originally released last April, Deep Purple's 19th studio album 'NOW What?!' gets the re-issue treatment with a couple of bonus tracks and an appetizing 'The NOW What?! Live Tapes' recorded last summer at the beginning of their world tour to promote the album.

Anyone who still demands that Deep Purple should deliver another 'Machine Head' with a 68-year-old Ian Gillan screaming out 'Highway Star' at the top of his voice might as well stop reading now.

Throughout their tempestuous history and many line up changes Purple have never made the same album twice and have never been afraid of rocking the boat even if it means losing some of their fans overboard along the way.

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'NOW What?!' is Deep Purple's first studio album in eight years and the fifth album to feature guitar maestro Steve Morse whose now been in the band for almost two decades.

Also, it's the third studio album to feature Don Airey on the keys whose been who has been in Purple for just over a decade... Got that?... There will be no mention of former banjo players in this review.

A Top 20 album in over twenty countries with it hitting the top spot in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Norway, even the UK has finally woken up to the Morse era with the album getting to number 19 in the album charts.

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Produced by Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper & Kiss),Purple have been allowed the space to manoeuvre and experiment to come up with some refreshing ideas.

'Weirdistan' has a unique thumping rhythm, 'Hell To Pay' has a typical Gillan lyric and a rap reminiscent of his solo days with a keyboard solo to the fore.

Don Airey really expresses himself with a nod towards progressive rock in a homage to ELP on 'Uncommon Man', one of two songs dedicated to fallen comrade Jon Lord.

Steve Morse delivers beautiful passages throughout the album especially on tracks such as 'Apres Vous' while 'All The Time In The World' is a smooth Radio 2 friendly blues mover which may surprise many fans of Purple but is a neat little song nonetheless and the band carry on screaming with the spooky 'Vincent Price' with a chilling riff from Morse.

The two bonus tracks are a honking 'It'll Be Me', a cover of the song originally done by Jerry Lee Lewis, plus 'The First Sign Of Madness' which is certainly no throwaway.

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The bonus disc with this Gold edition, 'The NOW What?! Live Tapes', was recorded in Italy, Denmark and Sweden and the crowd sound has been edited together to give a proper live vibe. What will be of interest to Purple aficionados is the inclusion of the new material from 'NOW What?! which is unavailable anywhere else as yet, although I could have done without the zillionth live version of 'Smoke On The Water' and having 'Strange Kind Of Woman' opening the disc when the shows were opening with 'Fireball' is an odd choice, but these are only minor quibbles as the disc is a very welcome addition.

Nothing stays the same in life. Not as dangerous as they once were in their youthful days but Deep Purple are older and wiser and can still surprise with a trick or two by pushing the boundaries further afield.

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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